The pioneering work of Linda Tellington-Jones, PhD (Hon) has its roots in a philosophy that sees all beings – humans and animals alike – as reflections of a Divine Whole. The Tellington TTouch Method was first created four decades ago as a system of animal training, healing and communication that allows people to relate to animals in a deeper, more compassionate way -- a way that furthers inter-species connection and honors the body, mind and spirit of both animals and their people. The Tellington Method utilizes a variety of techniques of touch, movement and body language to affect behavior, performance, and health, and to increase an animal’s willingness and ability to learn in a painless and anxiety-free environment.
Linda’s highly effective and revolutionary approach to working with animals brought her world-wide recognition. The method for horses, first developed in the 1970’s, was known as TTEAM (Tellington TTouch Equine Awareness Method).
The work is now named Tellington TTouch® Training because Linda broadened the method to include the world of companion animals, developing techniques that deepen mutual trust and understanding and strengthen the human/animal bond. The Tellington Method was also introduced as an effective and valuable method to reduce stress in wildlife rehabilitation and to enhance the well-being of animals in zoos.
As an internationally acclaimed authority on animal behavior, training and healing, Linda has given presentations and demonstrations the Tellington Method at veterinary conferences, universities, equestrian expositions, North American Handicapped Riding Association and the Delta Society world conferences, therapeutic riding associations, Olympic training centers, wildlife rehabilitation conferences, and zoos throughout the world.
Linda has also brought TTouch into the world of humans, teaching week-end and week-long workshops, for more than 35 years, in programs for individuals and their family members, as well as for health-care professionals. TTouch® for You has emerged as an important addition to the increasingly respected world of alternative healing practices. Linda is a visiting faculty member at the University of Minnesota where she has co-taught Tellington TTouch for humans annually since 2002. At this time Tellington TTouch was included in the research program at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing. The results of studies on humans by Cecilia Wendler, PhD, RN, CCRN have been published in three prestigious professional nursing journals and the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.
Through her non-profit organization, Animal Ambassadors International®, Linda supports projects of children working with animals and learning it for themselves in order to enhance understanding, compassion and quality of life for both humans and animals.
2008 Honorary Doctorate degree from Wisdom University, ARIA Teacher of the Year for the American Riding Instructors Association, 2007 Inductee into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame,1994 Horsewoman of the Year Award from North American Horseman’s Association, 1992 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Riding Instructors Association, and 1969 Award for Creative Citizenship from the State of California.
Linda has written 22 books about TTouch which have been printed in fifteen languages. Her most recent is Dressage with Body, Mind & Soul: A 21st-Century Approach to the Science and Spirituality of Riding and Horse-and-Rider Well-Being by Linda Tellington-Jones with Rebecca M. Didier.
Videos: Twenty six videos relating to horses, dogs, cats, and llamas have also been released.
There are more than 1600 practitioners of the Tellington Method in forty-one countries, as well as Tellington Method Centers in Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Africa, Taiwan, the U.K. and U.S.A.
Promotion: Linda and her work have been featured many times for more than 35 years in prime time television in North American, Europe, United Kingdom and Australia and featured in innumerable publications. In North America these include, including Equus; Practical Horseman; Modern Horse Breeding; Horseman; Good Dog; Trail Blazer; Arabian Horse World; Massage Therapy Journal; New Age Journal; Woman's Day; ASPCA Report; American Way; American Kennel Club Gazette; Horse Illustrated; United Airlines Magazine. Major newspapers and magazines and well as horse, dog and cat publications in Europe, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Hungary, France have covered the Tellington Method over the past 35 years.
Vision and Outreach: Linda’s passion is for spreading her message of understanding and compassion for animals and their people through her books, videos and certified TTouch teachers in 36 countries.
Linda's videos and books, in English (available in our online store) include:
- An Introduction to the Tellington-Jones Equine Awareness Method, 1985, a best selling horse book in Germany and North America; over 100,000 sold.
- The Tellington Touch: A Breakthrough Technique in Training and Caring for Your Favorite Animal, 1993, published in USA, Germany and England.
- Getting in TTouch: Understand and Influence Your Horse's Behavior, released in April, l995. A best seller Trafalgar Square Press.
- Let's Ride! with Linda Tellington-Jones. Published in English in 1997, Trafalgar Square Press.
- Improve Your Horse's Well-being: A Step-by-step Guide to TTouch and TTEAM Training, released in 1999.
- Sixteen training videos for horses; one for llamas and two each for cats and dogs. The latest is The Weltall Story: TTouch for Dressage and Sport Horses produced in 2013 by Arminius Media. Avaliable in English and German.